Schuitmaker bill would eliminate outdated titles from state statute

Lansing, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker on Tuesday introduced legislation that would update the grades and duties for members of the Michigan State Police (MSP).

“As citizens, I think it is important to honor those who serve and protect us,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Updating our laws to properly reflect the ranks and titles of officers is one small way we can honor the brave individuals who serve our communities.”

Senate Bill 328 would eliminate from state statute the antiquated title “policewoman,” which was used at a time when female members of the MSP were paid less than men.

Schuitmaker said this important change reflects current department policy, which has not used this title and grade for several decades. The rank and titles of inspector and recruit would also be added to keep consistent with department policies.

“Women are serving in the same capacity as men, providing vital services and protections for our communities,” Schuitmaker said. “This will properly recognize their work with the respect and dignity it deserves.”

SB 328 was introduced during Police Appreciation week — May 10 through May 16 — and Law Enforcement Appreciation Month.

The legislation has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration.